- Review by Sir Bruce Keogh warns of lack of controls on certain procedures
- His report has said the practice was a â€˜crisis waiting to happenâ€™
- Review calls for compulsory registration and better training in industry
- Also demands banning â€˜distastefulâ€™ cut-price deals and offers
- Celebrity cultureâ€™s â€˜hidden advertisingâ€™ said to â€˜trivialiseâ€™ procedures
18:09 EST, 23 April 2013
06:50 EST, 24 April 2013
Medical director Sir Bruce Keogh is calling for new laws to overhaul the booming Â£2.3billion cosmetic surgery sector
Patients turning to cosmetic surgery must be protected from cowboy surgeons and dangerous treatments, said the head of the NHS.
Medical director Sir Bruce Keogh is calling for new laws to overhaul the booming Â£2.3billion sector, with the first as early as next year.
One procedure singled out for criticism was the use of fillers, which have soared in popularity.
These injections plump up the skin, fill in wrinkles and crowâ€™s feet to create younger-looking cheeks and lips.
A review led by Sir Bruce warned that filler jabs were subject to â€˜no more controls than a bottle of floor cleanerâ€™. Some patients sufferedÂ disfigurement, bruising and blindness.
â€˜The most striking thing is that anybody, at any time, anywhere, can give a filler to anybody else and thatâ€™s bizarre,â€™ said Sir Bruce.
His report said the practice was a â€˜crisis waiting to happenâ€™.
Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, who sat on the review, said: â€˜We want proper professional requirements. This is not â€œinject oranges and get a certificateâ€. This is proper training.â€™
The committee also called for a crackdown on the â€˜hidden advertisingâ€™ of plastic surgery, including TV shows such as The Only Way is Essex which â€˜trivialiseâ€™ the procedures.
Celebrity culture: Health officials say programmes such as The Only way is Essex (pictured left, Amy Childs) had turned cosmetic surgery into an â€˜everyday productâ€™. Model Katie Price (right) has had many procedures
A register of breast implant patients must be set up within the next 12 months, it added. This follows the PIP scandal in which thousands of women were given sub-standard products.
The key demands of the review are:
- Compulsory registration and better training of all those in the industry, from beauty therapists to breast surgeons.
- Banning â€˜distastefulâ€™ cut-price deals, buy-one-get one-free offers and plastic surgery competition prizes.
- Insurance for clinics, a cooling off period and information for patients about the success rates of surgeons.
- Facial fillers to be prescription only.
Former glamour model Alicia Douvall, who has had 308 cosmetic treatments, believes there should be tighter regulation in the industry
Sir Bruce said: â€˜At the heart of this report is the person who chooses to have a cosmetic procedure.We have heard terrible reports about a person who has trusted a cosmetic practitioner but, when things have gone wrong, have been left high and dry. These people have not had the safety net that those using the NHS have. This needs to change.â€™
His report said the rules have been outstripped by the booming sector, which increased five-fold in value from 2005-2010 to Â£2.3billion.
Pat Dunion, of Transform, Britainâ€™s biggest plastic surgery group, said the cost of training and registration would force some cowboy clinics to close.
The Royal College of Surgeons called on ministers to implement theÂ proposals â€˜without delayâ€™.
Rajiv Grover, president of the British Association of Aesthetic PlasticÂ Surgeons, said making fillers prescription-only would regulate which ones come onto the market, who can inject them and ban their advertising.
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the NHS chief is saying this because its the NHS that puts things right when you get a cheap bodge job â€¦â€¦i said it before on hereâ€¦..if u want something done go to a PRIVATE hospital with proper care and regulated doctorsâ€¦.if you dont youre an idiot
hampshire, United Kingdom,
I guess it is up to the individual if they wantâ€™workâ€™done,be it surgery or fillers,botox etc. However,what totally blows me away is not doing thorough research first,and saving hard(if you need to)to be able to afford the best. I would no more go to aâ€™walk inâ€™beauty place for a procedure,at a beautician or a dentist surgery,than I would trust my butcher to to do my dry cleaning ! Why would you ? You only get one face for gods sake,unless youâ€™re Joan Rivers ! I am 50,and had a nose job and breast reduction,both 20 years ago. I would have liked them before that,but it took me a long time to save the money. I met both surgeons beforehand,saw photos of their work(before and after) and was offered the opportunity to call the patients if I wanted reassurance. People want everything NOW today and then are surprised when it comes back to bite them on the bum.
Just the sight of Joan Rivets should be enough to put anyone off injecting themselves with fillers. There are alternatives to Botox, I use facial patches which work a treat and are not expensive. Opt for a natural solution which has been round over 120 years !
People who are both vain enough and wealthy enough to afford cosmetic surgery in these hard times deserve all they get. Thereâ€™s no cure for stupidity.
Just make sure that if anyone needs NHS treatment following plastic surgery or such like the cost is paid for by the cosmetic surgery company who did the procedure,
The NHS chief is saying this? I hope none of these procedures are avilable on the NHS.
Botox isnâ€™t a filler DM itâ€™s designed to weaken muscles so they donâ€™t work so well which is why they have frozen looking faces.
The photo of that young woman getting ready to have her lips pumped up. Gawde I couldnâ€™t stand to have a needle put into my lips.
Pennsylvania, United States,
If botox isnâ€™t a filler then what is it?. Myself I think itâ€™s better to grow old gracefully. Besides cosmetic surgery doesnâ€™t last long, It doesnâ€™t last 15 years as people would have you believe. Joan Rivers has had so many facelifts that her eyes are almost at the back of her head.
Pennsylvania, United States,
I have worked with one fo the uk top botox guys in clinics for past clients. Some people would ask about the price, and although he was not expensive and as a company they had a standard structure. Over the years I found more and more peole sayâ€¦ oh I can get it done cheaper than that. And off they go. Yeah and I would rarely see a good resutl from these cheaper doctors. More doctors at your local surgery do it as they see pound signs, but really would NOT say not to a patient. My guy does and would, he would NOT give some some a frozen face, and if they went off to someone else and then tried to come back to him. They couldnâ€™t. And he treats some very famous people. But not the ones that look daft! You will always get people in any profession that canâ€™t do their job porperly. Trouble is with this one is that any bad results you are wearing on your face. People donâ€™t read the aftercare or listen to any risks with any treatments, be it waxing or surgery.
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